Writebox I like to dump small text files in my Dropbox account as a commonplace book. A bit of a first world problem: while there is already a massive ecosystem of apps and programs for this task, I just feel better if there is an even more universal tool so I can truly access all my notes ANYWHERE. This is where Writebox comes in: it seems to pretty much work on any browser that support HTML5. It’s hosted off the Google Apps Engine. The original author seems to only post in Japanese, so I cannot find out anymore about this “program” except for the fact that it works great. If you’re Dropbox obsessed like me, you will love WriteBox.


excellent readd by @jackcheng "The Keyframe Bias" on #writing and #Gatsby

I think that’s why merely reading a lot won’t make you a great writer, just like listening to a lot of music won’t suddenly make you a piano virtuoso, because reading emphasizes the drawbridge words. On the flip side, writing a lot without reading much leaves you all backwind and no drawbridge, trying to get from point A to point B without stopping to admire the view. It’s only by doing both reading and writing that you start to understand how to string the different words together.

David Graeber: On the Invention of Money – Notes on Sex, Adventure, Monomaniacal Sociopathy and the True Function of Economics « naked capitalism

Economists always ask us to ‘imagine’ how things must have worked before the advent of money. What such examples bring home more than anything else is just how limited their imaginations really are. When one is dealing with a world unfamiliar with money and markets, even on those rare occasions when strangers did meet explicitly in order to exchange goods, they are rarely thinking exclusively about the value of the goods. This not only demonstrates that the Homo Oeconomicus which lies at the basis of all the theorems and equations that purports to render economics a science, is not only an almost impossibly boring person—basically, a monomaniacal sociopath who can wander through an orgy thinking only about marginal rates of return—but that what economists are basically doing in telling the myth of barter, is taking a kind of behavior that is only really possible after the invention of money and markets and then projecting it backwards as the purported reason for the invention of money and markets themselves. Logically, this makes about as much sense as saying that the game of chess was invented to allow people to fulfill a pre-existing desire to checkmate their opponent’s king.

This is fucking awesome.